Rik Mayall Remembered By Friends And Family
Rik Mayall's friends and family have paid their respects to the late comedian at a private funeral service.
Ruby Wax, Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French were among mourners who attended the service at St George's Church in Dittisham, Devon.
Mayall - known for roles in TV hits such as Bottom, The New Statesman and The Young Ones - had a home in the county.
Prior to the service, Mayall's widow Barbara asked fans for their "thoughts and prayers" during the private ceremony.
Around 140 people packed the church to remember the star who died last week aged 56 at his home in Barnes, southwest London after going for a morning jog.
Mrs Mayall said he died of an "acute cardiac event".
Adrian Edmondson, with whom Mayall forged a friendship as a student in Manchester and who was his comedy partner for many of his most memorable series, was among the pall-bearers as the coffin was led from the church.
Others who filed into the church, accompanied by Procol Harum's A Whiter Shade Of Pale on organ, were Alan Rickman and actor and director Peter Richardson, a long-standing friend with whom Mayall had worked repeatedly.
Ben Elton, his old friend from university and one of his co-writers on The Young Ones, was also among the mourners who saw the wicker coffin - adorned with red flowers - carried into the church.
A memorial service for the star is expected to be held in September.
Mayall shot to national fame for his role as poetry-writing anarchist Rick in The Young Ones, going on to star as conniving Conservative MP Alan B'Stard in The New Statesman and Lord Flashheart in Blackadder.